Kelly: Democrat Immigration Bill Nothing but Amnesty, Ignores Crisis at Southern Border

Jun 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the so-called American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The legislation, which combines two Democrat sponsored immigration measures, does not address the ongoing and growing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and offers amnesty to millions illegally present in the United States. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the measure.

America’s immigration system is a mess, and the ongoing crisis on our southern border is evidence of that fact, said Kelly. Unfortunately, House Democrats are more focused on providing amnesty to illegal immigrants and political messaging than serious immigration reform that makes it easier to come to America legally and secures our border. We have been sitting at the table waiting for them to come to us with legitimate proposals. Instead, we were presented with legislation that prioritizes illegal aliens over Americans and legal immigrants.

Though H.R. 6 is being sold as a permanent fix for persons eligible for the Obama era program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), it would in fact offer legal status and a path to citizenship to significantly more people than the original program. The bill lacks appropriate safeguards against fraud in the application process and would allow a significant number of criminals to obtain green cards because of how it defines criminal activity. Democrats rejected multiple Republican amendments to fix loopholes that would allow illegal immigrant criminals legal status, including misdemeanor firearms convicts.

Rep. Kelly supports legal immigrants, including the over one million people the United States admits each year. He has called for legislation that provides the necessary resources to secure our southern border, ends chain migration, ends the visa lottery program, and makes it easier to enter legally and obtain U.S. citizenship.